As a leader, you are responsible for keeping your team together and moving toward the same purpose. That means it is necessary to know how to spark and maintain connections between your team members so that they can work together to get the job done more effectively and efficiently.
Team building may be a necessary aspect of leadership, but thankfully, it does not have to be difficult. There are numerous exercises out there that can help with team building. It starts with genuinely caring for your team and modeling that so they will begin to care for each other.
Team Building Exercises:
Exercise One: If you are dealing with team members who do not know each other very well, it is best to start off with a simple icebreaker game, such as Two Truths and a Lie. In this game, each member will present three statements, only one of which will be a lie. The other team members will then guess which of the statements is a lie. The goal is to stump the other team members or lead them to guess incorrectly.
This simple exercise encourages vital communication skills as well as giving each team member a better basic understanding of the others.
Exercise Two: This next exercise requires a few more resources: paper and envelops. Divide your team into two smaller teams. You will cut a large sheet of paper so that you end up with enough equally sized squares for everyone in the group. You will then create ‘puzzle pieces’ out of each square, mix them, put them into envelopes, and distribute the envelopes to each person. The goal is for each person on each team to form a square of the correct size using the puzzle pieces. It sounds simple enough, but here’s the catch: no one is allowed to talk. No one is allowed to make signals or gestures with their hands or eyes, either. Furthermore, no one can ask for puzzle pieces-they can only give them. The first team to correctly piece together all the squares wins.
This exercise is a true test of mental cooperation, communication, and being able to see the bigger picture.
Exercise Three: The final exercise in this article involves some unique supplies, including an egg. Dividing the group into teams is optional but can encourage competition and working in smaller groups. The team members will receive a limited amount of resources according to your discretion- these may include things like tissue paper, Popsicle sticks, and cotton balls. The end goal is to build a vessel that will safely carry an egg to the floor from eight feet above.
A time limit is ideal for this exercise to encourage critical thinking under pressure (and also to keep it from taking up too much time.) This exercise is sure to result in laughter, teamwork, and goal-oriented cooperation.
There are countless more team building exercises that you can use to draw your team together, but these are just a few that can help with the essential characteristics of a team. They are a wonderful tool that you can use to illustrate how teamwork is enjoyable, yet must be taken seriously in order to get the job done. Once all your team members are of this same mindset, it will become much easier to move forward and glorify God through all that you do, both as a team and individually.
Next week we will provide some outdoor types of team building exercises.
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~ Your Expect Success Leadership Team